Bon Voyage Australia and Hello Toronto!

My last few weeks in Brisbane were extremely busy, with lots of catch-ups with friends.

I flew on Korean Air, which was largely due to the opportunity of a layover between flights. This greatly appealed to me, as I am not a fan of long-haul flights at the best of times!

On my flight from Brisbane to Incheon I was right at the back of the plane, with two seats all to myself (in a bank of two). This meant it was easier to have a snooze during the flight, although I found that a bit difficult as I was wired and so excited about what lay ahead of me!

I watched a couple of movies on this leg :-

Baby Driver (Pretty average – 5/10);
Megan Leavey (made me cry – good movie – 6/10)
Baywatch (hilarious – 8/10)

After waiting for what felt like an eternity in the immigration line, where I was convinced I would pass out from heat exhaustion at any minute, I made my way to the Korean Air transfer desk where they advised me of my accommodation for the night – the Grand Hyatt! I was pretty chuffed when I arrived at the hotel. It was a room fit for a Queen!

I was last to board my flight to Toronto as I had no desire to spend any extra time cooped up with 230 other people. I shuffled down to the very back of the plane and lo and behold, I had three seats to myself this time! I am starting to wonder if I smell, or if there’s a warning sign against my name. Alternatively, I’ve just been lucky!

Because it was my birthday on the day of the flight, I managed to convince the air hostesses to bring me a glass of bubbles. I was impressed they did this because I was clearly *ONLY* in economy!

When I received the bubbles I was surprised to also receive a cake – how sweet! It was also literally sweet – the icing was sweet cream, so I only had one piece and offered the crew the rest.

During both flights I was guzzling down the water, so it was a great thing I was at the back of the plane, so I could easily have my water bottle refilled and use the washroom. On the second flight, I got chatting with one of the hosties, Nina, who was really lovely. It must be hard for the crew to look after so many people, but Nina and her team remembered me and always made sure my bottle was filled before I asked.

Arriving in Toronto was incredible. We cruised above the clouds and then descended below them, with the colours of the leaves on the trees the first thing to hit me. It was magnificent! I had never seen so many different colours on trees!

Once again I felt like I had to wait an eternity in immigration and once again I wondered, ‘do they turn heating up in immigration to make everyone uncomfortable?’ Over the speaker I heard one of the officers calling for a Randy Jackson and that made me laugh. Clearly I wasn’t in Australia anymore!

My first days in Toronto have been interesting. I have done a fair bit of wandering and have discovered I am very close to Downtown, which has made for some good walking expeditions. It has been a little bit, er, fresh. Today I was wearing my winter coat, although I didn’t have thermals on. I have faith I’ll make it through Winter…!

Bouncy clouds
Bouncy clouds

Somewhere over the Philippines

View from my bedroom at the Grand Hyatt, Incheon
View from my bedroom at the Grand Hyatt, Incheon

Grand Hyatt, Incheon

Unusual cosmetic items for sale at Incheon Airport
Unusual cosmetic items for sale at Incheon Airport
Another unusual item for sale at Incheon Airport
Another unusual item for sale at Incheon Airport
Hair of the Dog, Church Street Toronto
Hair of the Dog, Church Street Toronto
Church Street, Toronto
Church Street, Toronto
Toronto CF Eaton Centre. This is part of the underground walkway. I popped up from below street level and had no idea where I was!
Toronto CF Eaton Centre. This is part of the underground walkway. I popped up from below street level and had no idea where I was!

Toronto CF Eaton Centre

A squirrel on my front patio!
A squirrel on my front patio!
A Caesar at Pogue Mahone's
A Caesar at Pogue Mahone’s
A non-burger burger at Pogue Mahone's - first meal in Toronto
A non-burger burger at Pogue Mahone’s – first meal in Toronto

Black Bear Espresso - lovely ambiance, but the coffee just didn't stack up :(Toronto

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